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Ladder-backed Woodpecker ♀
Smallest of the three common woodpeckers in the Sonoran Desert. It is a year-round resident inhabiting mostly low trees and shrubs especially along canyon bottoms and desert washes with trees.
Fine barring of black-and-white on the back. The belly and chest are off-white with variable light spotting. Black and white bars on sides of head. Male has bright red on back of the head.
Ladder-back adults were actively feeding young in this nest hole drilled into trunk of Mexican Elderberry. Rio Verde, Maricopa Co., Arizona. 21 April 2012.
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